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Saguaro National Park experiencing surge in visitors

Posted: 7:35 AM, Mar 14, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-14 15:05:08Z
Wheelchair accessible trail for Saguaro Park
Wheelchair accessible trail for Saguaro Park
Wheelchair accessible trail for Saguaro Park

TUCSON, Ariz. — Saguaro National Park is experiencing an increase in visitors, causing the several parking lots to fill daily.

The park is wants to encourage visitors to come early, or late, or to avoid weekends if possible.

“The weather is great, many schools are out on spring break, and we are seeing record visitation in both districts of the park,” according to Chief Ranger Ray O’Neil. “The visitor center parking lot in the Rincon Mountain District, on the east side of the city, has been particularly busy, as has the Cactus Forest Loop Drive.“

To avoid crowds, the park recommend visitors show up before 10:00 a.m. or after 3:00 p.m.

“It is a great time for a visit, but please come prepared with some patience and a plan B, just in case there isn’t parking available at that trailhead,” O'Neil said.

For more information about Saguaro National Park, visit nps.gov/sagu.